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Communal TV Systems

Communal TV systems are an efficient solution for distributing television signals in multi-dwelling units, such as residential blocks or commercial buildings. These systems eliminate the need for multiple satellite dishes or TV aerials by providing a centralised signal distribution point. Essentially, they allow residents in a building to access a variety of TV channels and radio signals from a single, shared system.

This setup is particularly beneficial in densely populated areas or buildings with limited space for individual satellite dishes. It simplifies installation and maintenance and enhances the aesthetic appeal of the building’s exterior. The system can include a range of options, such as satellite TV, cable, and digital terrestrial television, ensuring that all residents have access to a wide variety of content.

The core idea behind communal TV systems is to streamline and declutter the process of receiving TV signals, making it more efficient, cost-effective, and visually pleasing. As technology advances, these systems continue to evolve, offering better quality signals and a more comprehensive range of services, thus meeting the modern demands of communal living spaces.

Jane Ward
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Chris came to fix our TV to the wall. He was excellent. Prompt and professional and found the perfect solution for a tricky spot involving lots of wires in the wall. Highly recommend.
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Having wall-mounted a new tv for us in a very awkward alcove, Chris then returned to sort out our aerial reception. He discussed the options and relative costs at each stage, so we were clear about what was being done. Chris is prompt and polite, does a thorough job with great attention to detail, and leaves everything neat and tidy.
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Chris did a great job on mounting our 50" TV in our new build home and was open to help with suggestions on placement in our living room. Left things very tidy afterwards and despite an issue with our internal walls managed to come up with a quick solution to solve the problem. Very friendly and chatty with our 2yr old daughter who was very inquisitive too!!
Victoria Ortengren
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Chris mounted a 55” TV for us on an internal plasterboard wall and also fed the cable through the wall to plug into a socket on the other side of the wall. The finished job looks amazing and Chris left our flat in perfect condition. He was responsive, professional, and did the job quickly (but taking care to ensure it was done correctly). Would highly recommend.

Communal TV systems, designed to serve multi-unit buildings, come in various types to cater to different needs. Here’s an overview of the most common types:

  • Integrated Reception Systems (IRS): These systems are a comprehensive solution, combining satellite, cable, and terrestrial aerial feeds. IRS systems are ideal for buildings where residents require access to a wide range of TV services, including Sky, Freeview, and foreign satellite channels. They’re known for their flexibility and scalability, making them a popular choice for modern residential and commercial buildings.
  • Satellite Master Antenna Television (SMATV): SMATV is perfect for smaller setups, like hotels or hospitals, where the distribution of a limited number of channels is required. It uses a central satellite dish to distribute selected satellite and terrestrial television broadcasts to multiple receivers. This system is highly effective in controlling the channel lineup and ensuring quality signal distribution to all units.
  • Master Antenna Television (MATV): Often used in older buildings or smaller apartment complexes, MATV systems distribute terrestrial TV and radio signals received from a single aerial to multiple dwellings. While they don’t typically support satellite channels, MATV systems are cost-effective for providing basic TV and radio services.


Each of these systems has unique benefits, making them suitable for different properties and user needs. Understanding these types helps in making an informed decision about which system best fits the requirements of a particular communal living space.

Communal TV systems offer numerous benefits, making them an increasingly popular choice for multi-unit dwellings and commercial properties. Here are the key advantages:

  • Efficient Space Utilisation: Communal TV setups eliminate the need for individual satellite dishes or aerials on every unit by centralising the TV reception system. This not only saves space but also maintains the aesthetic appeal of the building.
  • Cost-Effective Solution: Sharing a single system reduces the overall cost for residents or tenants. It minimises both the initial installation expenses and ongoing maintenance costs compared to individual setups.
  • Enhanced Signal Quality: Communal systems are professionally installed and maintained, ensuring consistent and high-quality signal reception across all units. This results in better viewing experiences with fewer disruptions.
  • Diverse Programming Access: These systems can provide a wide range of programming options, including satellite, cable, and digital terrestrial television. Residents can enjoy access to a variety of channels and services without needing separate subscriptions.
  • Simplified Maintenance and Upgrades: Maintenance and upgrades are centralised with a communal system, making it easier to manage and troubleshoot any issues. This ensures that all residents benefit from uninterrupted service and the latest technology advancements.
  • Customisable to Property Needs: Communal TV systems can be tailored to the specific needs of a building or community, whether it’s a residential block, hotel, hospital, or educational institution. They offer flexibility to cater to diverse requirements.


In conclusion, communal TV systems are an effective solution for providing quality television services in communal living spaces. They offer practical, economic, and technological advantages, enhancing the overall resident experience.

Several key factors need consideration when installing communal TV systems to ensure a successful setup. This process is crucial for achieving optimal functionality and user satisfaction. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Professional Assessment: The first step involves a professional survey of the premises. This assessment ensures that the chosen system fits the specific needs of the building, considering factors like building size, resident requirements, and signal levels.
  • System Selection: Choose the correct type of communal TV system (IRS, SMATV, or MATV) based on the building’s requirements and the preferences of its residents. Each system has unique features and is suited to different types of buildings and user needs.
  • Quality of Equipment: Using high-quality equipment is essential for durability and reliable signal reception. This includes the aerials, satellite dishes, cabling, and distribution equipment.
  • Expert Installation: The installation should be done by experienced technicians. Professional installation is crucial for signal strength, system longevity, and safety.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Ensure the installation complies with all relevant building codes and safety standards. This includes proper routing of cables and secure mounting of equipment.
  • Future-Proofing: Consider the future scalability of the system. As technology advances and resident needs change, the system can be adapted to upgrades or expansions.
  • Maintenance Plan: Establish a regular maintenance schedule to keep the system in optimal condition, promptly addressing any wear and tear or technical issues.


By carefully considering these aspects, installing a communal TV system can be a smooth and successful process, leading to a high-quality viewing experience for all residents.

Q: What exactly is a communal TV system?

A: A communal TV system is a shared television signal distribution setup used in multi-unit buildings like apartments or commercial properties. It allows for a single satellite dish or aerial to provide TV signals to all units, eliminating the need for multiple individual setups.

Q: What are the different types of communal TV systems?

A: The primary types are Integrated Reception Systems (IRS), Satellite Master Antenna Television (SMATV), and Master Antenna Television (MATV). Each serves different building sizes and user needs, from extensive satellite offerings to basic terrestrial TV channels.

Q: Why choose a communal TV system over individual setups?

A: Communal systems are cost-effective, reduce the need for multiple satellite dishes or aerials, offer high-quality signal reception, and are easier to maintain. They also provide a wide range of programming options to all residents.

Q: How is a communal TV system installed?

A: Installation involves a professional assessment of the building, selecting the right system, using quality equipment, and ensuring compliance with safety standards. It requires skilled technicians for proper setup and future-proofing of the system.

Q: Can communal TV systems be upgraded?

A: Yes, these systems can be upgraded to accommodate new technologies and services. It’s essential to consider future scalability during the initial installation.

Q: Who is responsible for the maintenance of communal TV systems?

A: Maintenance responsibility usually depends on the management structure of the building. In most cases, the building owner or management company handles system maintenance and repairs.

Q: Are there common issues with communal TV systems?

A: Yes, common issues include signal interference, system overload, outdated equipment, and installation errors. Regular maintenance and professional troubleshooting can address these challenges effectively.

Adapting To Your Building Requirements

Elite AV Services specialises in integrating state-of-the-art communal TV systems with your existing infrastructure. Our solutions are designed to complement the current setup of your property, ensuring a harmonious blend of new and old technology.

Non Intrusive Installation

We respect the integrity of your property’s architecture. Our team is trained to perform installations that are non-intrusive, preserving the aesthetic and structural elements of your building. We deliver seamless integration with minimal visual impact, maintaining the elegance of your communal spaces.

Compatibility With Multiple Signal Types

Our systems are versatile and designed to be compatible with various signal types, including digital terrestrial TV (DTT), satellite, cable, and IPTV. This flexibility ensures that your communal TV system can accommodate different broadcasting standards and is future-proofed against technological advancements.

Hassle-Free Transition

Transitioning to a new communal TV system can seem daunting, but with Elite AV Services, it’s a hassle-free process. We manage every detail from planning to execution, ensuring the switch is smooth and without interrupting your daily operations or residents’ enjoyment.

Choose Elite AV Services for a communal TV system that integrates effortlessly with your property’s existing infrastructure, providing a perfect blend of modern efficiency and reliable performance.

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